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Three Simple Ways to Give Your LinkedIn Profile a Boost Today

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Your LinkedIn profile is a powerful tool for networking, self-branding, positioning yourself in your industry, and, hopefully, landing your dream job. If you haven't updated your profile in a while, it may be time to log in and do some housekeeping; you never know where it can lead you. Follow these three tips to help give your LinkedIn profile a boost today.

Upload a Current, Professional Profile Picture

For better or worse, your personal photo is often the first thing people notice on your LinkedIn profile, and first impressions are important. If your profile has an outdated, unprofessional photo or lacks a picture of you entirely, upload a fresh one today. Choose a photo that's current and clearly shows your face, and make sure that you're dressed for the job you want, whether that means buttoned-up business attire or something that shows your creative side.

Update Your Headline and Summary

Because it appears next to your name and photo in search results, your profile headline is also important for making good first impressions. Instead of going with a default or blank headline, write one yourself that succinctly communicates your roles, skills, and aspirations. The same goes for your profile's summary, which like a cover letter should sell your experiences, strengths, and unique attributes to potential employers. Check out these effective headline examples and summaries to get started.

Expand Your Network, Even to People You Don't Know Yet

LinkedIn is first and foremost a social media platform, making it an ideal place to meet new people and make professional connections. Expanding your network of contacts on LinkedIn can help keep your profile active and visible, and you may connect with just the right person at the right time. Additionally, while you don't want to start adding everyone in sight to your network, don't be afraid to reach out to people you don't know.

Updating your LinkedIn profile is one of many ways to expand your career potential after graduation. In addition to our degree and certificate programs, the Tulane School of Professional Advancement offers a number of career development resources. Request information today to learn more about our programs.

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